Sam Shepherd in 'Blackthorn' (Magnolia Pictures)

Indie Weekend: ‘Blackthorn,’ ‘Margin Call,’ Horror at the Texas Theatre

Sam Shepherd in 'Blackthorn' (Magnolia Pictures)
Sam Shepherd in 'Blackthorn' (Magnolia Pictures)

My pick of the week:

  • ‘Take Shelter.’ Michael Shannon gives a towering performance as a husband who begins to crack under the strains and anxieties of daily life. With the excellent Jessica Chastin. (Landmark Magnolia, Angelika Plano.) My reviewHighly recommended.

Also opening in Dallas today, Friday, October 21, 2011 (listed alphabetically):

  • ‘Blackthorn.’ What if Butch Cassidy had survived the deadly assault by the Bolivian Army? Sam Shepherd stars as an outlaw in exile. (Landmark Magnolia.) Not previewed.
  • ‘Margin Call.’ Zack Quinto leads an all-star cast as a conscience-stricken investment banker dealing with his firm’s duplicity during the 2008 economic meltdown. (Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano.) Not previewed.
  • ‘Texas Killing Fields.’ An innocent Texas man may have been executed in 2004. A documentary investigates. (Landmark Magnolia.) Not previewed.
  • ‘The Tree.’ Charlotte Gainsbourg stars in a drama set in the gorgeous landscape of the Australian Outback. (Angelika Dallas.) Not previewed.
  • ‘Zombie.’ Lucio Fulci’s extremely gory horror classic, possibly the only movie you need to see in which a zombie fights a shark. (Landmark Inwood; Friday and Saturday, midnight only.) Recommended.
  • Horror Movies at the Texas Theatre. The October madness continues, with Calvin Reeder’s extremely challenging ‘The Oregonian’ and John Landis’ uneven horror comedy ‘Burke and Hare.’ (Texas Theatre, various showtimes.)

Wide across the Metroplex (listed in alphabetical order):

  • ‘Johnny English Reborn.’ Sequel to 2003 spy spoof, with Rowan Atkinson returning as a bumbling, yet preternaturally skilled, British secret agent. My reviewNot recommended for adults.
  • ‘The Mighty Macs.’ Based on the true story of a college women’s basketball team in 1971. Read more about it. Not previewed.
  • ‘Paranormal Activity 3.‘  Prequel rewinds to 1988, when the adult sisters featured in the previous two installments were infants. Advance word has been pretty decent. Not previewed.
  • ‘The Three Musketeers.’ Paul W.S. Anderson (‘Resident Evil’) plunders Dumas, comes up with sky pirates and his wife (Milla Jovovich) as a high-flying assassin. In 3D! Advance word suggests this may be one of the worst films of the year. Not previewed.
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